Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care. >> reporter: the president made his points in a slower, more laid-back manner, often looking down, sometimes appearing disengaged. it's not that he didn't try to rip apart romney's economic plan. >> that kind of top-down economics, where folks at the top are doing well, so the average person making 3 million bucks is getting a $250,000 tax break, while middle class families are burdened further. >> reporter: romney was determined to go toe to toe. >> but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. go ahead. >> so if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say, absolutely not. >> reporter: the president did get digs in. >> for 18 months, he's been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
, about steel, about health care issues, about energy, which are grave concerns in both of those states. and they have to be addressed by both candidates. >> right. and this memo, by beth myers, senior adviser, highlights some of that which you just said. but she says things like, he's a universally acclaimed public speaker, he has substantial debate experience, he's a uniquely gifted speaker. all speaking about president obama. the memo goes on to say that he's been in eight presidential debates compared to -- which i guess would be five with hillary clinton and three with -- with john mccain. but this, of course, would be the very first debate for -- for governor romney. the cynic in me says this memo is really all about lowering expectations. because if you can lower expectations, whoever beats a low expectation will be the -- the -- seemingly the winner. is that true? >> well, you know, we have televised debates. you have a couple levels of that. you have people who are going to talk about how someone looked, how their makeup looked. remember with nixon it was about how he sweated.
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
, on the campaign trail, much more energy than he had in the actual debate. 67 million people watched that debate and and the president's performance was judged very lacking. dana mill bank for "the washington post" said this. obama was out of practice, unprepared to be challenged. the white house had supposed that he was reallying on such venues, obama's argument skills atrophied. here is eugene robinson. it was not a disaster from obama's point of view but a bad might and missed opportunity. even if the debate had been no better an draw, obama could have spent the rest of the campaign running out the clock. now romney and the republicans have a new spring in their step. they believe they can win. what was the impact, do you think, of that debate? >> i think the limited polling has been done, that the impact has been very, very limited. the -- the fact is that this president came out and he laid out very carefully his plan for the future. and what he has done. and, again, mr. -- you talked about etch a sketch. we don't know what mr. romney is about. on one hand he talked for the last 18 is month
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
more years of that? or will -- or will you accept my plan that is governor romney's for energy production, and more trade, and workforce development, and a better tax policies for small business. this is the plan that will get us to a better recovery, and more access to the american dream. >> when you say complete the sentence. but so far that sentence, you look at the polls and ease just not i mean, or does the campaign need to refocus away from the economy since that doesn't seem to be resonating? >> i disagree with that. there's no question in all the polls, christine, that while this gap is there, that that's what people are voting on. they're ultimately it's about jobs, it's about their financial future, it's about their american debt, it's about gas prices and energy. i think that's why tomorrow night is so important. side by side the record of barack obama versus the plans and vision of mitt romney and why the future will go better with a romney presidency. that's what his message will be tomorrow night. i think it will be compelling and a side by side comparison is what
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
strong gains. the nasdaq up nearly 18% so far this year. best sectors in the third quarter, energy, consumer discretiona discretionary, financials did well, banks, information technology, telecom services. some of that telecom rally is on the iphone. the biggest, most widely held stocks, loog at these. apple up 11%. exxon mobil up 6%. ge up 11% in the quarter. credit the fed. herculean federal reserve stimulus measures have money rushing into stocks. pushing interest rates to historic lows. stock investors, anyone refinancing a mortgage or shopping for a car loan, you're having a great quarter. had a great quarter. savers, you did not. national average interest rate for a one-year cd, .3%. savings account, it's so little i'm not even going to read those numbers. they're so small. >> don't even bother. >> savers are really getting creamed. what's next for stocks? that's what everyone wants to know. >> how high can apple go? >> i don't know. some were disappointed, actually. thought they would have sold more of those iphones. up 64% on the year. what happens next for stock ovrs all?